The development Research and Projects Center (dRPC) is organising a “one day high level strategic dialogue” on advocacy and accountability on routine immunisation in Nigeria.
The dialogue is being organised in conjunction with the National Association of Community Health Practitioners of Nigeria (NACHPN).
The event will have in attendance the Executive Secretary, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib; Senior Technical Advisor, dRPC-PACFaH@Scale, Emmanuel Abanida; community health workers and other development partners working on routine immunisation in the health sector.
The aim of the dialogue is to strengthen the accountability framework for routine immunisation service delivery at national and state levels.
The meeting is part of the continuous efforts towards attaining the objectives of Nigeria’s Strategy for Immunisation and Primary Health care system strengthening, (NSIPSS) 2018 – 2028.
This is expected to address some of the challenges facing routine immunisation in the country. Effective routine immunisation is a key challenge facing the health sector. Many children under the age of five often miss some vital vaccines which is meant to immunise them against some deadly diseases such as polio, yellow fever, tetanus, measles among others.
This has been a major source of concern for health experts, development partners and the international community.
The dialogue, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is set to to explore the mechanisms for civil society engagement and to examine and create an understanding of the new roles and expectations for states under the NSIPSS project.
PREMIUM TIMES will bring you live updates from the event.
9: 19 a.m. – Its a cloudy morning in Abuja metropolis, the temperature is about 22 degrees celsius.
The event is being held at the Blu Cabana restaurant in Mabushi area of the Nigerian capital.
9:26 am- Participants are just arriving the venue
The meeting is yet to begin, participants in the hall are still exchanging greetings.
One of the lead speakers and senior technical advisor at dRPC, Emmanuel Abanida, is already at the venue.
9:40 am- Arriving now is Judith-Ann Walker, the Executive Director, dRPC.
Currently in the hall are Ibrahim Yisa, European Union – Support to immunisation Governance to Nigeria (EUSIGN); Paul Bassi, John Snow International (a USAID group); and Femi Oyewole JSI.
9: 50 am – More participants are still entering the hall. Registration is ongoing for participants while some are seated in groups discussing.
The programme is divided into two sessions.
The MC apologised to the participants saying the event is yet to start because they are waiting for the representative of the ES, National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) Faisal Shuaib.
Topics to be discussed include: Building dynamics in advocacy to support Routine Immunisation (RI) in Nigeria: dRPC-PAS Model; by Mr Abanida
The keynote address is expected to be delivered by Mr Shuaib of the NPHCDA
10: 02 am – Just entering the hall is the representative of the NPHCDA chief, Abdullahi Bulama, who is the Director, Planning Research Statistics.
The event has been declared open by the facilitator of the dialogue, Umar Kawu
On the high table is Ms Walker, Mr Bulama and Mr Abanida
10:10 am – The event commences with participants introducing themselves. In the hall are participants from Lagos, Niger, Abuja, Kaduna among other states .
The welcome address is given by Ms Walker. She specially welcomed the delegates from Niger, Kano, Lagos and Kaduna.
She said the organisation would have loved to have participants from all over the country but unfortunately they can not.
She said the delegates and participants are repository of knowledge which will guide the Routine Immunisation (RI) discussion.
Ms Walker said they are here to address the gaps in RI in Nigeria.
She said though the gaps are not anyone’s making, there is much still to be done.
“These are to be done in terms of policy making, implementation and funding.”
Ms Walker said the government will be needing $3.6 billion in the next ten years for immunisation and the federal government will be contributing $2 billion.
She said state governments are meant to contribute the remaining fund.